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Mickey Heads-Disney Podcast Review 5-26-10

Celebrating the new book Knott’s Preserved, an unbelievable California Adventures By Disney tour and an interview with Kelsey Grammer underscore these 12.5 hours of Disney podcasts. (Download your favorite Disney Podcasts on iTunes.)

The Season Pass Episode #124 Preserved Part 1 Live from Knott’s Berry Farm, our crew has put out an exhaustive series of podcasts on the release of the book Knott’s Preserved with the lead writer Chris Merritt. Bob Gurr stops by and converses with the hosts; talk about a funny guy with an awesome memory! He tells of working for Walt and how he was able to get 10 hours out an 8 hour workday. And interestingly enough, he relates how Disneyland was the best thing to happen to Knott’s Berry Farm. Rolly Crump also shares his part in creating the dark ride Berry Tales utilizing many of his Disney connections. He also relates an amazing back story of designing an attraction for Dick Irvine and how he actually took scrap and made an attraction out of it. And he tells of the learning process of tricks, such as making rooms look bigger than they actually were. Even for a Disney fan, the process of making Knott’s from a charming roadside attraction to a full theme park is intriguing. And it is hilarious, at the same time a little unnerving to hear Walt Disney pumping Mr Knott for information, so he could better his own theme park.  And yet, competition from Disneyland made this park more innovative, forcing a plethora of changes over its many years. And many of those openings and closures brought back fond recollections that were shared with us.

Episode #125 Preserved Part 2 Continuing on at Knott’s Berry Farm or as they call it ‘amusement Park geek heaven’, they discuss Halloween Haunts with its history and latest installments. Again it is emphasized how Knott’s and Disney truly fed off each other. Tony Baxter noted he wanted his log flume ride to be different than Knott’s and that motivation gave us the Splash Mountain we enjoy today.  The charm and family atmosphere of the employees and guests is also noted as part of the success of Knott’s. And more deep seated memories are evoked of coming there as a child via school field trips, having run-ins with the schoolmarm and enjoying the authentic ghost town. And they also get to see some old press material in pristine form, showing the lasting love for this classic theme park.

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Mickey Ears-Disney Podcast Review 3-12-10

Mousestation (iTunes) Episode #393 March 2, 2010 Collected Short Subjects-In the Honey I Shrunk the Audience attraction, do they try to ‘push’ the startle moments that take away from the overall attraction? How does ‘the Imagination institute’ tie in to the movie? And what do… Read More »Mickey Ears-Disney Podcast Review 3-12-10

Mickey Ears – Disney Podcast Review

The Disney Dudes Podcast (iTunes) #4-Wayne continues to report on his Christmas time solo trip. And I gotta say, “People, stop being so rude to Wayne!” He encounters a lady who runs him over, lies to him, but he still gets his Soarin’ Fast Pass… Read More »Mickey Ears – Disney Podcast Review

LOST Fan Fun: Terry O’Quinn is Locke

Check out this clever fan creation. A LOST themed poster from Olly Moss on sale here. This appears to part of a project from show producer Damon Carlton. There will be 16 artist creations. Less than 200 of each are available to the public. (via… Read More »LOST Fan Fun: Terry O’Quinn is Locke

Disney vastly expands Comic-Con presence

In these economic hard times, Disney is returning to their base — the fans. Outside of cyberspace, the number one place film fans congregate is Comic-Con each year in San Diego. So I’m not surprised to see Disney growing their presence at the event this year.

Alas, I’m no where near San Diego this time of year. So if you’re going I’d love to hear what you’re most looking forward to.

See below the cut for all of Disney’s offerings.

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Register Soon for Studios 20, A Fan Celebration

WDW Celebrations, an organization run by fans of Disney theme parks, are ready to launch their fourth major event. This time they’re gathering to honor the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 1. Registration for the ‘Studios 20’ event closes on April 18th… Read More »Register Soon for Studios 20, A Fan Celebration

John Stamos films own “What’s Next?” Commercial

John Stamos you just finished filming the last episode of NBC’s longtime series ER what are you going to do next? I’m Going to Disney World!!!! Okay, so it’s not an official entry into Disney’s “What’s Next?” campaign as John Stamos filmed this himself. But… Read More »John Stamos films own “What’s Next?” Commercial